Archive for the ‘Free Agency/Trade Rumours’ Category

Acquisition Of Frederik Andersen Sends Strong Message

June 22nd, 2016 No Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello completed the deal with the Anaheim Ducks for goaltender Frederik Andersen earlier this week, many fans were up in arms about the price tag— a first round pick in 2016 (30th overall, acquired in the Phil Kessel trade), and a 2017 second round pick. Anytime you give up a first round draft choice there is always a chance that the pick you trade turns into a stud in your opponents lineup five years down the road. That said, as the saying goes, you have to give up something to get something and Toronto got “something” in Andersen. The deal for Andersen was contingent on the Leafs’ signing him to a long term deal, which Lamoriello and Co. did, signing the 26-year old netminder to a five-year deal worth a reported $25 million.

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Would Toronto Trade Auston Matthews???

April 11th, 2016 No Comments

Listening to the Toronto Maple Leafs management team, there is a sense of pride and contentment with regards to their current stable of prospects and what the team may be able to acquire during the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. As the NHL’s last place club, the Maple Leafs have secured a 20 percent chance of landing the first overall pick. Simple math tells us that the Maple Leafs’ also have an 80 percent chance of missing out on the coveted first overall pick. Of course, having finished last in the NHL means the Maple Leafs can do no worse than a top-four pick in the upcoming NHL Draft. The top three prospects are American-born centre Auston Matthews and Finnish wingers Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi, with the fourth ranked prospect often differing depending on which mock draft you read. Should the Maple

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Alex Lyon: Is He Worth A Gamble?

March 19th, 2016 No Comments

Like many NHL clubs, the Toronto Maple Leafs have dipped their toes into the NCAA free agent waters on occasion. Last year, the Maple Leafs signed highly touted forward Casey Bailey to a free agent contract, only to move him to Ottawa this winter as part of the Dion Phaneuf deal. Some of the other players the Maple Leafs have signed out of college include, Tyler Bozak, Christian Hanson and Ben Scrivens. Obviously, Bozak has been a serviceable NHL’er, Scrivens has bounced around the NHL, but is still getting some ice time (now with the Montreal Canadiens) while Hanson (yes, he is related to the iconic “Hanson Brothers”) was nothing short of a bust. Some of the more successful free agent college signings include Bozak, Andy Greene, Ryan Carter, Teddy Purcell, Darroll Powe, Danny DeKeyser, Davis Drewiske, Matt Gilroy, Cam

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Maple Leafs Won’t WIn Without Goaltending

March 17th, 2016 No Comments

  When you look back at the history of the NHL Entry Draft, the most difficult position to project has to be goaltending. While many top-tier netminders have been chosen in the early rounds (Marc-Andre Fleury, Carey Price, Roberto Luongo) an equal number of early draft picks have failed to live up to expectations (Al Montoya, Rick DiPietro, Eric Fichaud). And then there are the diamonds in the rough, netminders that were taken in the later rounds that emerged as stars (Henrik Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne, Dominik Hasek). Of course, we would be remiss if we did not include a number of undrafted goalies that emerged as stars such as, Ed Belfour, Curtis Joseph and Jonas Hiller. In the early days, few netminders were drafted in the first round, but with a premium being put on the position, this behavior is

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Is Jonathan Bernier The Answer To Toronto’s Goaltending Woes?

March 14th, 2016 No Comments

When Jonathan Bernier was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings by the Toronto Maple Leafs after the 2012-13 season, many fans felt it was a curious move. Goaltender James Reimer had just led the Leafs to the playoffs for the first time in what felt like a decade and, with a little good fortune, might have helped the Leafs get by the Boston Bruins in the first round. Of course, we all know how that series against the Bruins ended— a game seven loss that might be among the worst collapses in the history of the franchise. Reimer put together a respectable 19-8-5 record that season (2012-13) while registering a 2.46 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. Riemer’s 2.88 GAA and .923 SV% in the playoffs were not far off his regular season totals, leading some to believe

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Making A Case For Logan Stanley

March 13th, 2016 No Comments

Heading into Sunday afternoon’s tilt against the New York Rangers, the Pittsburgh Penguins are currently holding on to the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference Standings by just two points. For fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Penguins success in earning a playoff spot is of great importance and interest as, if the Pittsburgh does secure a playoff spot, the Maple Leafs will get Pittsburgh’s first round draft choice, which could end up being a top-20 pick. Looking over many draft lotteries, names like Brett Howden, Dilon Dube, Logan Brown, Kiefer Bellows, Riley Tufte and Dante Fabbro often appear around the 20th spot in the mid-season Draft Rankings. Another name that appears often is 6’7”, 220 pounds defenseman, Logan Stanley. Currently playing in the OHL with the Windsor Spitfires, Stanley has registered five goals and 16 points through

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